Dysfunctional Love In The Works Of Carver And Faulkner

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The instability of emotions caused by love is a proven threat in many instances, but specifically when untreated individuals are ignored or fail to seek appropriate assistance. The result of love lost is sometimes the harnessing of pain or anger, which could lead to fatal endings. Raymond Carver and Faulkner represent these entities in both the male and female counterparts. These insights are valuable in that they point to a greater truth about life and about the human race's inability to cope with several obstacles involving love, which both Carver and Faulkner represent perfectly in their short stories. Both stories illustrate the lives of two different scenarios involving lost love, but with similar endings. As human beings, there is always a capacity that a person can withstand, furthermore, when that capacity is met, life becomes disoriented and meaningless, which leads to unprecedented events, such as the homicidal actions, in which Emily took part in, or Ed who could be regarded as sadistic, dangerous, and pathological. These short tales challenge its audience to embrace the possibility of these events transpiring, while at the same time delivering a powerful message behind unstable emotions that follow a lost love and further bring light to the question, is love truly a disease in itself?
The evidence, however, that Emily was significantly distraught and traumatized by the loss of a loved one –her father was clear. Hiding away in her home, while allowing much time to pass as she separated herself from society allowed the development of unstable emotions to transform into something uncontrollable. Doctors have evaluated and reported several symptoms for depression, including helplessness, self-isolation, along with many others. “She will kill herself,” explained the people of Emily’s town, following the day she purchased the rat poison. Completely aware of the events that had taken place in Emily’s life, the people had an idea that she was not handling the death of her father well. The purchase of the rat poison indicated the intentions of Emily to the people of the town, as well as to the readers. “Poor Emily,” was the description by the towns people, whom viewed Emily as a lonely woman affected by love loss, which clearly led way to her mental disorder, causing her to detach herself from society, as well as the murder of Homer, the man she loved. In some sense women are allowed passes when it comes to love, and anguish. Emily was not bad mouthed her disrespected by the people after the discovery of Homers corpse. "Depression seems to be related to a chemical imbalance in the brain that makes it hard for the cells to communicate with one another. It can be triggered by stressful life events, such as the death of a loved one" (Smith). If this case were flipped and this character was a male, usually he would have received no compassion or understanding. A male would have been deemed evil, or a monster by society, following the discovery...

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